How Much Does a Pair of Shoes Weigh?

How much does a pair of shoes weigh? It’s not an easy question to answer because multiple factors go into the weight of a pair of shoes.

In this article, we’ve covered a variety of common shoes and their general weight ranges. This will give you the best idea of what weight you can expect for any specific type of shoe.

We’ll also cover how much you can expect shoes to weigh when you’re shipping them, what affects shoe weight, and why the weight of your shoes matters.

Why Does Shoe Weight Matter?

Some people won’t notice a difference of a few ounces in one pair of shoes versus another. However, the extra weight can affect your gait and walking without you even realizing it.

If the shoes you’re wearing are too heavy, they can actually cause your gait to change. You may find that you drag your feet or end up lifting your feet too high to get your feet off the ground.

Dragging your feet can increase your risk of tripping, injuring your feet, or even damaging your shoes. Lifting your feet higher than usual may lead to overuse, twisted ankles, or tendon injuries.

If you’re wearing the shoes for athletics, extra weight can affect your athletic performance. You may not be able to run as fast or might be more prone to injury. On the other hand, lightweight shoes can increase your speed.

What Affects the Weight of a Shoe?

The weight of a shoe depends on many things. These factors are why a high heel shoe weighs much less than a hiking boot, for example. Here are some things that affect the weight of a shoe:

  • Material: Some materials are heavier than others. For example, a shoe made entirely of EVA foam—like Crocs—will naturally be lighter than one made of foam, rubber, mesh, and fabric.
  • Technology: Some shoes include technologies like extra support in the midsole, midfoot cages, or extra-plush cushioning. This adds to the weight of the shoe.
  • Cushioning: The more cushioning a shoe has, the heavier it’s likely to be. This also does depend on the type of cushioning.
  • Gender: Men’s shoes typically weigh more than women’s shoes.
  • Purpose: Shoes often include more or less technology and cushion, depending on their purpose. For example, a racing shoe will weigh less than a casual sneaker, as it needs to be light to serve its purpose. Steel-toed boots will naturally be heavier than those without steel in them.
  • Size: The bigger the shoe, the more it weighs.

How Much Does a Pair of Shoes Weigh?

To figure out how much a pair of shoes is likely to weigh, you first need to know what kind of shoes you’re looking at. Here’s some information on the weight of a variety of different shoes.

Running Shoes

Running shoes usually weigh between 13 ounces and 1 lb 10 ounces—368 to 737 grams—per pair. You will usually see this expressed as the weight per shoe, with a very lightweight shoe weighing 6.5 to 8 ounces and a “heavy” shoe weighing 10.5 ounces or more.

The weight of the shoes depends on what you need in a running shoe. If you need a racing shoe, you’ll get a lightweight one. A heavy one just won’t do the job.

On the other hand, if you want a max cushioned shoe for overpronators, you will have a lot more cushioning and a stability system. So you will most likely have to deal with a heavy shoe.

Sneakers

Sneakers don’t usually have the cushioning and technology that you find in running shoes. However, because they’re often made of thicker, more study material, they weigh a little more than the average running shoe.

For a men’s sneaker, you can expect it to weigh between 12 and 17 ounces—340 to 480 grams. Women’s sneakers can weigh between 9.6 and 14.8 ounces—272 and 420 grams.

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are heavier than most other shoes as they’re designed to provide strong protection from the elements and rough ground.

On average, a pair of hiking boots can weigh anything from 2 lbs—907 grams—to 3 ¾ lbs—1.7 kilograms.

The weight of a hiking boot is mostly in the outsole, although the support features and sturdy material also contribute. The difference between men’s and women’s shoes is also significant.

Sandals

Sandals, on average, can weigh anywhere from 12 to 17 ounces. Although they’re minimalist shoes, they’re often made with heavy outsoles. Due to the variety in sandal styles, placing a specific weight on sandals, in general, can be difficult.

For example, sandals like Oofos or Crocs can weigh as little as 5 to 6 ounces. Other support-heavy sandals weigh much more, so it depends on the brand and the sandal’s design.

Dress Shoes

Due to their material, dress shoes are somewhat heavy. The average weight of a pair of men’s dress shoes is about 2 lbs—around 900 grams. Women’s flats can weigh up to a pound—453 grams—per pair, despite being quite minimalist.

High heels can vary dramatically in weight, depending on what material they’re made of and the thickness of the heel. You can find high heels weighing around a pound per pair, or those that weigh more than 2 pounds.

What Can Happen If You Wear Shoes That Are Too Heavy?

Getting the weight of your shoes right is important to reduce the chances of injuring yourself. Wearing too heavy shoes can increase your chances of injury as they place more strain on your feet, ankles, and leg muscles.

If you’re wearing running shoes that are too heavy, the extra fatigue on your feet can affect your form and make you more prone to injury. This can also negatively affect your performance, making you slower.

If you’re wearing casual shoes that are too heavy for your feet, it’s less worrying than sporting shoes. However, they can still weigh you down, lead to you inadvertently dragging your feet and make you more prone to tripping or bumping your feet.

What Can Happen If You Wear Shoes That Are Too Light?

Shoes that are too light won’t necessarily cause your feet harm. However, lightweight shoes often contain less cushioning and much less support than other shoes.

If you’re looking for shoes to wear while running or doing other sports, then lightweight shoes may not provide enough support and protection for your feet.

How Much Do Shoes Weigh For Shipping?

If you’re planning on shipping shoes or buying shoes that require you to pay, you may wonder how much shoes weigh for shipping.

The weight of shipping shoes depends on the weight of the pair of shoes you choose and the box in which they’re shipped.

It can be difficult to estimate the weight of a shoe box. However, you can expect the empty box to weigh between 7 and 17 ounces—200 to 500 grams.

You will need to add that weight to the weight of your shoes to get a good idea of how much the entire package will weigh.